Beaumont, CA – On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, members of the Beaumont Police Department Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) and Detective Bureau served a search warrant at a home in the Tournament Hills Neighborhood.
It was discovered the home contained an illegal marijuana growing operation. Officers seized 376 plants and detained two subjects at the residence, however no arrests were made pending further investigation.
Many citizens question why officers spend time on these types of investigations, especially since the use of marijuana is now legal in the State of California. What’s the big deal? What some may not know is that while it is legal to use and even in some cases, legally cultivate, distribute, and transport marijuana, much of the illegal cultivation and dispensary activity that occurs within cities carry with it many health and safety issues for citizens and residents.
Residential marijuana growing operations such as this can create various quality of life issues for neighbors including increases in crimes like theft, burglary, auto theft, etc. Marijuana growing operations also utilize numerous pesticides and chemicals that make their way into our ground water and storm drain systems, which can be harmful for the environment. In addition, these operations often involve the theft and/or rerouting of utilities, creating a burden for ratepayers who have to shoulder the costs of the theft, as well as creating electrical and fire hazards that can be dangerous and even deadly to neighboring residents.
In addition to these direct impacts, oftentimes illegal marijuana operations are associated with cartel and/or organized crime activities and include other serious crimes such as:
- Human Trafficking
- Weapons Trafficking
- Money Laundering
- Distribution and sales of other serious and harmful narcotics, such as fentanyl and heroin.
Because of these concerns the Beaumont Police Department actively pursues and investigates this type of illegal activity within our city to protect the health and safety of our citizens. If anyone has any information about this case please contact Sergeant Wann at 951-769-8500. This information can also be reported anonymously at firstname.lastname@example.org.